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No majority leaves hung councils in Dorset

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Purbeck has a hung council after no party won a majority

Two councils in Dorset have been effectively left as hung councils after no party won an overall majority in the local elections.

The Liberal Democrats won one seat from the Conservatives at Purbeck District Council, leaving 12 Lib Dems, 10 Tories and two independents.

A similar picture emerged in Weymouth and Portland where the Conservatives successfully defended 18 seats.

But there are also 11 Lib Dems, five Labour and two independent councillors.

In a hung council, the chair normally has the deciding vote.

Purbeck District Council is due to meet in the coming week to decide who its chair should be.

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